Baltimore filmmaker Matt Porterfield is set to begin shooting his fourth feature film, “Sollers Point,” at the end of July here in his hometown.
The movie, centering on a small-time drug dealer under house arrest at his father’s home and struggling to re-enter society, will star McCaul Lombardi (“American Honey”) and “Saturday Night Live” alum Jim Belushi.
“I am so excited,” said Porterfield, who teaches film at the Johns Hopkins University when he’s not writing and directing his own movies. “My semester just ended, so I’m working full time on it from here on out.”
Porterfield said he recently hosted New York-based cinematographer Shabier Kirchner, who will be shooting “Sollers Point,” on Kirchner's first visit to Baltimore.
The movie will feature some area talent as well, Porterfield said. Local rapper Breezay and Maya Martinez, a performance artist and student at the Maryland Institute College of Art, have been cast in supporting roles.
Lombardi, the grandson of legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, is from Baltimore, Porterfield said. After seeing Lombardi in writer-director Andrea Arnold’s 2016 “American Honey” and realizing he hails from these parts, Porterfield said he arranged a meeting with the actor at Towson’s Bel-Loc Diner.
“When we saw him, and then saw he was from Baltimore, I thought this was perfect,” Porterfield said.
Lombardi will soon be relocating here from Los Angeles, where he is now living, the director said.
Porterfield said he hopes to have “Sollers Point” ready for release by the end of the year, in time to begin playing at film festivals in 2017.
Porterfield’s previous feature films, all set and shot in Baltimore, are “Hamilton” (2006), “Putty Hill” (2011) and “I Used to be Darker” (2013).